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Jonny May reaches England 50 and reflects how missing a big night out paid off

The Leicester wing will reach his half-century of caps on Saturday and has fate – and his parents – to thank for making the most of the first of those six years agoNot for the first time Jonny May has an amusing story to tell. As he prepares to win his…

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Manu Tuilagi admits he hid injury that led to extended England layoff

• ‘I wasn’t honest with the physios, it was stupid,’ says centre• Tuilagi set to feature in his ninth consecutive TestManu Tuilagi has revealed how he could have avoided more than a year of his injury layoff if he had come clean regarding his initial g…

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Former Leicester and Bath wing Steve Booth dies aged 42

Leicester ‘shocked and saddened’ by death of former wing ‘He was a real entertainer on the pitch,’ says Geordan MurphyThe former Leicester and Bath wing Steve Booth has died at the age of 42. Leicester said they were “shocked and saddened” to hear of B…

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Leicester Tigers put up for sale in wake of CVC’s Premiership investment

Peter Tom: CVC investment creates unique opportunityTigers have not won the Premiership title since 2013Leicester Tigers have announced plans to sell the club. The move comes after CVC Capital Partners acquired a minority stake in Premiership Rugby Lim…

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Brad Barritt’s chances of playing for Saracens in Premiership final improve

• Scan on centre’s hamstring shows ‘little bit better’ than feared• Leicester coach Geordan Murphy banned for three gamesSaracens remain hopeful their injured captain, Brad Barritt, could yet be fit for the Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenha…

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Rugby roundup: Bath have last word at Leicester on day of thrillers

• Bath clinch sixth with 32-31 comeback win at Welford Road• Sale edge past Gloucester 46-41 in 13-try feastRhys Priestland’s dramatic late conversion completed a stirring comeback for Bath, who clinched sixth place in the Premiership with a thrilling …

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Piers O’Conor and Mat Protheroe step up for Bristol, Newcastle left down and out while leaky Leicester require urgent repairsA third Premiership try of the season for Charles Piutau against Sale on Friday night, in what was his ninth league start of th…

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Geordan Murphy can take a lead from Harlequins and Northampton new men | Ugo Monye

Paul Gustard and Chris Boyd have managed to turn two ailing Premiership clubs around this season – Leicester, take noteWhen I look at Northampton and Harlequins I see two teams at the same stage of their journey. Both were coming to the end of dreadful…

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Semi Kunatani helps boost Harlequins’ play-off hopes in scrap with Leicester

• Harlequins 23-19 Leicester• Danny Care and Kunitani score tries in narrow victorySo Newcastle live to fight another day, or conceivably another fortnight if they can somehow beat Gloucester with a bonus point at Kingsholm on Saturday. There were mome…

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The Breakdown | Leicester need an overhaul – is Michael Cheika the man for the job?

Whatever the outcome of the Folau hearing, Michael Cheika is leaving Australia in six months, and the Tigers are in need of revitalisationIsrael Folau’s future in rugby union will be determined by a tribunal sitting in Sydney this weekend. The three-st…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action

Pat Lam’s Bristol are looking up, Worcester secure their status and Saints are grateful to the ever-ready Dan BiggarIs it possible to qualify for a semi-final too early? Exeter find themselves killing time between now and 25 May, the date of the Premie…

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Leicester Tigers blow chance to secure survival as Bristol earn late win

• Leicester 20-23 Bristol• Will Thacker’s late try denies his former club victoryA gusty wind swirled around the ground. It served us a metaphor for Leicester’s season, blown so off course that they still have to secure their Premiership status with tw…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Billy Vunipola needs Farrell’s ruthless focus, Cipriani’s patience boosts Gloucester and Saints reaping rewards of faith in youthOne topic did rather dominate the conversation at Ashton Gate. And the booing. This looks as if it will be a new reality fo…

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Tigers eke out dramatic win and lay platform for Premiership survival

• Newcastle 22-27 Leicester• Gutsy Falcons face mountainous task to beat the dropOn a cold, uninviting night in the north-east, Leicester finally awoke to the seriousness of their situation by eking out a victory which should lay the platform for Premi…

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Toby Flood: ‘Leicester are lacking confidence and a bit of ambition’

Falcons’ fly-half is still friends with the Tigers head coach but has kept his distance as they prepare for crucial relegation battleToby Flood could take no more. The east Midlands derby last month was half an hour old but the former Leicester fly?hal…

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The Breakdown | No one feels Leicester are too good to go down – Tigers have lost their way

Leicester’s rapid turnover of coaches has left the players and club with an identity crisis as they battle Premiership relegation for the first timeWhen Leicester sacked Dean Richards at the beginning of 2004, the reaction was seismic. Not only had 23 …

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Tom Youngs given three-week ban and will miss Newcastle showdown

• Youngs also out of Bristol and Harlequins matches• Israel Folau investigated over social media postsThe Leicester captain, Tom Youngs, has been ruled out of the relegation showdown with Newcastle on Friday after receiving a three-week suspension for …

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Gloucester hold their breath over Danny Cipriani’s fitness for derby with Bath

• Charlie Sharples and Tom Hudson also face battle for fitness• Leicester’s Youngs faces disciplinary hearing on WednesdayGloucester are waiting on scans to see if Danny Cipriani will be fit for Saturday’s West Country derby against Bath at Kingsholm.T…

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Only Exeter in the black as Premiership Rugby racks up £50m in losses

• Twelve of the 13 clubs record increased deficits• Chiefs banked a profit of £533,000 in year to June 2018Premiership clubs lost nearly £50m between them in the last financial year with only the leaders, Exeter, recording a profit. Worcester, who came…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …